About us

Mission Statement

The IESNA seeks to improve the lighted environment by bringing together those with lighting knowledge and by translating that knowledge into actions that benefit the public.


Vision Statement

The IES will build upon a century of excellence to create the premier lighting community dedicated to promoting the art and science of quality lighting to its members, allied professional organizations, and the public. 

Membership Information

If you thought, as the name suggests, that the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America is comprised of only engineers who work with lighting, you'd be wrong.

The strength of the IESNA is in its diverse membership, with architects, lighting designers, educators, interior designers, contractors, distributors, government and utility personnel, manufacturers, and scientists, all contributing to the society's mission - that being to advance knowledge and disseminate information on good lighting practice.

Whether a veteran or just entering the lighting field, there is a place for you in the IESNA District of Columbia Section. Take advantage of the society's resources to attain both personal and professional growth.


Membership Benefits

  • Subscription to LD+A and the Journal of the IES (JIES) 
  • Discount on IESNA conferences, meetings and seminars
  • Networking through IESNA section activities
  • Discounts on all IESNA publications


Membership Criteria

Shall be a graduate from an accredited four year program with a degree in the art or science of illumination. In addition, the applicant should be actively engaged for at least five years in a professional capacity in a field related to illumination, or: 
- have made some valuable contribution to the art or science of illuminating engineering or to its literature. 
- be actively engaged for at least ten years in the practice or teaching of illumination or directly related fields. 
- have made some valuable contribution to the art or science of illuminating engineering or to its literature.

Shall be interested in the mission of the Society and be at least eighteen years of age. An Associate is entitled to all current privileges and benefits, but shall not serve on the Board of Directors, as a Regional Vice President, or as a Committee Chairperson.

Reduced dues are available for emerging professionals. An Emerging Professional (EP) is a recent graduate entering the workforce for the first time OR a professional making a career move/change.
A person shall be considered an emerging professional for up to five (5) years after graduation or entry into the lighting industry. All others need to apply for Associate or Member grade (meet IES member qualifications).

(Member or Associate grade) IESNA offers individual members the chance to receive the Lighting Library as part of an individual membership status. All Individual Subscribing Members are entitled to the same privileges as a Member or Associate Member. 
Annual dues are $600 for the first year and $400 for the subsequent years. Membership includes the entire IESNA Lighting Library (over 50 publications) and the Lighting Handbook at the initial time of enrollment. SUBSEQUENT enrollment includes updated publications during the dues year.

Shall be registered full-time in a college or university for study toward a degree in engineering, science, fine arts, architecture, interior design or other related fields, or enrolled full-time in an accredited two year technical school whose curriculum is related to illumination. A Student shall be entitled to all current privileges and benefits, but shall not have the right to vote or to hold elective office, except in a Student Chapter.

The organization or individual must have an interest in the purpose of the Illuminating Engineering Society and a desire to support this effort. If you or your company is interested in Sustaining Membership, please contact the IESNA office, 212-248-5000, x117 for details.



Member and Associate: 
$200 US

Associate EP: 
$95 US

Individual Subscribing Member: 
$600 US (first year) 
$400 US (subsequent years)

$25 US

All payments must be in US dollars drawn on a US bank, or Canadian dollars drawn on a Canadian bank, or postal money order.  Mastercard, Visa and American Express are accepted.  Please make check payable to the IESNA. 
Mail payment and completed application to: 
Illuminating Engineering Society of North America
Membership Department
120 Wall Street, Floor 17
New York, NY 10025-4001

Capital Section - 202-339-6894
Society -212-248-5000 (phone) 
Society -212-248-5017 (fax) 
On-Line application, click here.

Useful Links

IESNA National Headquarters

International Association of Lighting Designers

International Dark Sky Association

ASHRAE - Local region


Baltimore Section website

Philadelphia Section website

District of Columbia Council of Engineering and Architect Societies

Lightfair International

International Society for Optical Engineering

AIA - DC Chapter


Disclaimer: These links are provided as a service to the members and non-members of the IESNA. We have no control over the products or services provided by any of the organizations or associations listed. Nor do we endorse or warranty any individual, organization, product or service listed or linked herein.